The days keep getting colder and colder…negative degrees are no fun when I am trying to get a workout in, but winter has really arrived and I am doing everything I can to stay warm. This includes eating an absurd amount of oatmeal. I am an oatmeal fanatic because it is so simple, so inexpensive, and so satisfying. (I wouldn’t eat it if I didn’t love it)
Oatmeal has a long list of nutritional benefits as well. It is rich in a heart-protective plant chemical, it lowers cholesterol, and keeps you full longer! Packed with fiber, complex carbohydrates, and B-vitamins. It is also so versatile, there are different types of oats you can use and the add-ins and toppings are endless. They can be dressed up to be savory or sweet, so whatever your preference or mood, it is a definite go to. Especially for the endurance athlete. It is great for a pre-race/pre-workout meal as it will provide the energy and carbs you need to perform at your highest level. It works great for a recovery meal or snack too.
Since I am a firm supporter of this delectable dish, I am going to share a different way to prepare it each week. So get ready to drool.
For this first week I am sharing a simple and more traditional route of preparing your oatmeal…with peanut butter and a banana. A win, win combination that will never let you down.
- 1 1/4 cup Quick Oats
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
I am currently using Quaker Oats quick oats. Any brand of rolled oats will work perfectly, it is just your personal preference. First scoop however many oats you want into a microwaveable bowl. Then fill with about double the amount water compared to oats. I usually fill about a half inch above the oats.
Microwave for 1:30 minutes, just so mostly all the water has soaked in. I don’t like to overcook them to the point that they turn gooey, but I also don’t like them to be really watery.
Then stir in the ground flax seed and chia seeds. These two “super foods” are oozing with nutrients that can do wonders for your health and body. I eat these daily! I like to purchase them at the Whole Foods bulk section, but they can be found at almost any grocery store these days.
Cut up your banana and scoop out your favorite nut butter, preferably a natural one with no added sugars.
I used to be a die-hard Skippy eater, but I wanted to switch to a peanut butter that had no added sugars. Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter has been a great switch. You will have to mix it up when you first open the jar, as the oil will have settled on top. But refrigerate after and you will never have to stir again. Adding in any nut butter will provide you protein and keep you full even longer. And if you are like me, you might go a little overboard with the peanut butter…it’s just too good.
Voila! Easy as 1, 2, 3. A great meal to start your day or throw in a bowl of veggies on the side and you have a well-balanced lunch.
Happy oat eating!